Microsoft has confirmed an issue for customers running Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 in which the platforms can corrupt disk volumes and lead to data loss on computers with HDDs larger than 2 terabytes (TB).

According to the Redmond company, in addition to running either Windows 7 or Windows server 2008 R2 on a machine equipped with hard disk drive with more than 2 terabytes of disk space, users also need to have the operating systems configured to save dump files to a volume on the HDD.

In this context, the results might end up upsetting customers, the software giant warned.

“Some data of the dump file is offset at a disk offset greater than the 2 terabyte address of the hard disk drive,” Microsoft informed. More »

A hotfix is available to users that have experienced problems waking up their Windows 7 machines from hibernation.

According to the Redmond company, customers running the latest iteration of the Windows client have reported issues in which they are unable to resume activity after their computer goes into hibernation.

The software giant explained that in some cases, the computer screen will dim after the users log on to resume from hibernation. This issue is related specifically to Windows 7, Microsoft stated.

“Consider the following scenario:

– You have a computer that is running Windows 7.

– You configure the power button to be used for hibernation on the computer. More »

Microsoft has made a fix available for an issue affecting Windows 7 customers that also use fingerprint biometric device and applications leveraging the Windows Biometric Framework. According to the Redmond company, in certain scenarios, namely on restart or when putting the Windows 7 machine to sleep or in hibernation, users can come across a stop error message. “This problem occurs because requests on the pipe to the device are not cleaned up or are canceled,” the software giant stated.

The Redmond company failed to mention the fingerprint biometric devices and the WBF apps that fail to play nice with Windows 7. However, the software giant has already taken the necessary measures to help customers deal with eventual problems.

A hotfix can be grabbed from Microsoft Support, and is available not just for customers running the latest iteration of Windows client, but also for those with Windows Server 2008 R2. However, as is the general care for hotfix releases, the company underlines that only users affected by the problem described below should download and deploy the hotfix.

“Consider the following scenario: You have a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2. You connect a fingerprint biometric device to this computer. More »

It’s always a bit tricky to beta test a new operating system. Most of us don’t have an abundance of extra hardware just sitting around, and it can be both time consuming and risky to rebuild your production machine with a pre-release version of the next OS.

But with Windows 7, it’s pretty easy to beta test on the machine you’ve already got. Hard drives have gotten much larger and much less expensive, and if you’re running Windows Vista, you already have built-in functionality to help you create a separate partition for testing.

To get started, open the Disk Management section of the Computer Management console on your Windows Vista machine. You can access this by clicking Start | Run and entering compmgmt.msc. Right-click your current system partition, likely labeled C:, and select Shrink Volume. Windows will query the disk for the amount of available space. You’ll probably want at least 20-30gigs of free space so you’ll have enough room for the Windows 7 beta installation, some data, and a few applications. More »

With the advent of Windows Vista, Microsoft praised the boost in energy consumption efficiency in comparison with Windows XP. Still, there are exceptions to every rule. And while Vista indeed uses less energy over XP, users of the operating system can still experience excessive power use. One such example involves Vista SP2 and earlier during sleep or hibernation, and the HD audio controller, the Redmond-based company explained. The software giant has noted that there are two scenarios in which Vista SP2 sucks more power than it should.

“If you put the computer to sleep or into hibernation when it is running on AC power, the high definition (HD) audio controller continues to use power. Additionally, even after the computer transitions to DC power while the computer is asleep or in hibernation, the HD audio controller still uses power. This behavior persists even though you disable the ‘Allow this device to wake the computer’ option in the HD audio controller properties,” Microsoft explained.

In addition, the company has revealed that there is also an issue associated with the Wake on Ring properties not responding to the configuration introduced by users. “After you disable the ‘Allow this device to wake the computer’ option in the HD audio controller properties, the Wake on Ring feature still wakes the computer from sleep or hibernation,” Microsoft stated. More »